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POTW: A Playlist for the State of the Union

POTW: A Playlist for the State of the Union

February 8, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Playlist of the Week, Top Stories

After the State of the Union, we were definitely a bit frustrated with what was presented to us as the current state of this union. With the sheer number of controversies and seemingly insurmountable gridlock plaguing the government, it’s left us wishing that we could just be reabsorbed by the commo...

Why I can’t stop watching “Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club”

Why I can’t stop watching “Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club”

Michael Wu, Staff Reporter

February 8, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television, Top Stories

Once it was announced, I knew I was going to watch “Lindsay Lohan’s Beach Club.” As Lohan has retreated from public life in recent years, the MTV reality show offered the chance of catching up with this once-familiar face. It promised the type of uncanny first-hand access to the celebrity and cel...

What to do this Weekend-2/7/19

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

February 8, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, What to do this Week

Friday, Feb. 8 What: Orchid Mania Where: Cleveland Botanical Garden When: Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. Get a taste of spring at the Cleveland Botanical Garden this weekend at their annual Orchid Mania show. The show features over three thousand orchids, including some of the w...

How 21 Savage could represent the American Dream

Chris Heermann, Social Media Editor

February 8, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music

By now we’ve all heard the story and seen the memes. Rapper 21 Savage has been arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents for reportedly overstaying his visa by 13 years. If this comes as a shock to you don’t worry, you are not alone. Millions were left reeling by the news that ...

Jay Sean performs at the first UPB concert of the semester

Jay Sean performs at the first UPB concert of the semester

Sunayana Jampanaboyana, Staff Reporter

February 8, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Local Events, Music, Top Stories

This past Friday, University Program Board (UPB) hosted Jay Sean in the first UPBeats concert of the semester. Best known for throwback hits including “Down” and “Ride It,” English singer and songwriter Jay Sean, born Kamaljit Singh Jhooti, entertained students in Tinkham Veale University Center....

Chaz Bear’s artistry shines through on “Outer Peace”

Chaz Bear’s artistry shines through on “Outer Peace”

Jackson Rudoff, Opinion Editor

February 1, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

Toro y Moi, the solo project of Chaz Bear, has never really been confined to a single genre. It’s for that reason that he’s featured with artists ranging from Tyler, the Creator to The Avalanches. He fits the pattern of modern indie pop, which in recent years has become less about acoustic guitar riff...

An “Elite” high school mystery show

Ryan Yoo, Director of Design

February 1, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Netflix released “Elite” on Oct. 5. The show follows three working class friends, Samuel (Itzan Escamilla), Nadia (Mina El Hammani) and Christian (Miguel Herran), who are given scholarships to attend Las Encinas, after a mysterious accident that destroyed their old school. The school, Las Encinas, is ...

“Rent Live” showed potential despite production disaster

“Rent Live” showed potential despite production disaster

Michael Wu, Staff Reporter

February 1, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Fine Arts, Theater & Dance, Top Stories

Believe it or not, there was a time when “Rent” was radical. The musical, about a group of young New Yorkers fighting off gentrification in the shadow of the AIDS crisis, premiered off-Broadway, less than a decade after the country’s president would not even utter the word “AIDS” in public. ...

Unfortunately ending

Yvonne Pan, Arts & Entertainment Editor

February 1, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

No one was more excited than I was when the third season of the Netflix adaptation of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” came out on Jan. 1 this year. Anyone who knows me knows “A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Lemony Snicket, pen name of Daniel Handler, is my favorite book series. I devoure...

Revisiting MGMT’s “Oracular Spectacular” 11 years later

Revisiting MGMT’s “Oracular Spectacular” 11 years later

Jackson Rudoff, Opinion Editor

February 1, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Top Stories

It’s probable you have heard a cut from “Oracular Spectacular” in your lifetime. The 2008 indie-pop album made waves when it was released, and its songs have since been repurposed in a number of commercials and video game soundtracks. Besides its mass popularity, though, the album itself was well-r...

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